He is one of nine experts who will talk about the art and business of writing during the all-day conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road. Dugoni's speech will begin at 1 p.m.
"Don't miss this great opportunity to hone your craft with our lineup of experts," said Paula Chinick, conference chairwoman for the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC), which is hosting the conference. "It doesn't matter your level, just starting out or already published. A writer is always learning."
Although registration is open until April 9, organizers point out that attendance is limited and reservations are filling quickly. The cost is $165 for CWC members and $190 for non-members. The fee for students ages 16-24 is $80. Check-in and continental breakfast will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m. A hot lunch is included.
Experts will conduct workshops and presentations in three general areas: craft, marketing and self-publishing.
Presenters include Jim Azevedo of Smashwords, a distributor of e-books; Angela Bole, CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association; Stephanie Chandler, author of several books including "The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan"; David Corbett, author of six novels and the writing guide, "The Art of Character"; Robin Cutler, leader of development for publisher IngramSpark; Rachael Herron, author of more than 20 novels; Linda Lee, writer, educator, speaker and website designer, who will speak about websites; and local writer Penny Warner, who has published more than 70 books with more than a half million in print, including a middle-grade mystery series.
For more information about the conference and to register, visit www.trivalleywriters.org.
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